Archives: May 2012

I’ve never been a science wiz – but when it comes to food and understanding how to make myself feel better, that’s where my wiz-ness comes handy.

I’ve officially up’d my fermented foods intake. Why you may ask? Well, the fermentation process creates loads of probiotics, which are the healthy bacteria that our gut needs to digest foods properly.

You can eat as many nutrients as you want, but if your body is not digesting them properly then there really is no point. Fermentation helps replenish your healthy bacteria. To me, it’s like eating/drinking tums or something else to help make the food settle easier.

Here’s what I like to eat almost everyday:

-Lactose free kefir

-Raw miso that I’ve bought at the store to make soup (not from the Japanese       restaurant)

-Raw kombucha, G.T.’s brand with the least sugar is best

-Raw sauerkraut

-Tempeh (fermented soybeans)

-Organic yogurt

-Swedish Bitters

Sure I can easily take a probiotic vitamin, but who knows how much of that gets absorbed into my system. With eating these naturally fermented foods, I am sure that the nutrients are getting absorbed directly into my system, which in turn helps me to digest and makes me feel better all around.

Try adding in one fermented food product into your daily diet. I think kefir is a great option, it tastes like plain yogurt and it’s a drink. I usually drink 1 cup/day. Just make sure to read the label to see if there is any un-healthy ingredients. Buy organic. I like Green Valley Organics.

Fermented foods may help with:

IBD (crohns, colitis)

IBS

Acid reflux

Constipation

Have fun exploring this new diet addition. There are lots of options!
Stay healthy :)

For the past 2 weeks Chad has been on an interesting diet to trim down a bit. Being a health coach, I am a bit wary of him cutting out ALL carbs, sugar of all kinds and healthy fats. BUT I understand that it’s only for 2 weeks and then phase 2 starts, which I can’t wait to hear about from his trainer – right now it’s a mystery. I’ll let you know as soon as I do.

Since it’s been interesting finding creative ways to spice up chicken, white fish (which I’ve never cooked before until now) and other meats, I thought I’d share some recipe ideas that I’ve come up with.

Last week I made a delicious Halibut. Here is the recipe:

Halibut with tomatoes & basil:

Serves 2

½ pound wild halibut fillets

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 lime

½ lemon

½ cup fresh basil, chopped

1 organic tomato, sliced in large rounds

1 yellow onion, sliced

½ pound cremini mushrooms, sliced

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Wash the fish with water, place in a baking pan and drizzle with olive oil, juice from lemon & lime. Coat each side lightly with salt & pepper. Cover fish with basil and tomatoes. Put onions and mushrooms all around the pan, surrounding the fish. Bake for approximately 20 minutes. Check to make sure the fish is tender and cooked through. Enjoy!

I am officially back on NY time – It only took about 1.5 weeks to get back into the time zone, but here I am! Ready to roll.

When I think back to Bali and our trip to Asia, all I can think about is how incredible the food was in Ubud, Bali. The reason for this amazingness is because many of the restaurants have been opened by yogis, or other people who are interested in a healthy lifestyle. Therefore there are many places that offer vegan, macrobiotic, organic and simply delicious, whole foods!

I would go back just for the food!

Here are some of the places we absolutely loved:

Yellow Flower Cafe

Sari Organic

Kafe

Little K at The Yoga Barn

Clear Café

Bali Buddha

Earth Café

Soma

Alchemy

If you head to Bali, these are must try options for food in Ubud. I highly recommend eating organic and I think this might be the only place in Asia that I was able to eat without any problems! They are VERY GF friendly and you won’t have a problem there even if you have other dietary restrictions. They are VERY accommodating and understand what GF, vegan means! AMAZING!

Sari Organic Delicious Smoothie!

 

Yellow Flower Cafe

 

Rice Pancake with Coconut, Strawberry, Banana and Palm Sugar at Yellow Flower Cafe DELICIOUS!